Rahab was an unlikely choice, but God knew exactly what He was doing!
When the walls came crashing down, Rahab risked everything to follow God. You and I can learn so much from her, to look past being “perfect” moms and focus on being faithful.
Can you remember a time where you were too quick to judge someone? And then later realized, wait, I was wrong about this person! Well then, Rahab, is a great reminder for you and I, that God can use ANYBODY He wants, to do BIG things for Him!
I will confess, it would have been easier to move on to somebody like Ruth or Naomi for this Mom of the Bible devotional series, but I felt strongly that the Lord was leading me to share this story of Rahab, and what it has taught me in my life.
The Story of Rahab begins…
In the book of Joshua, Rahab is first identified as a prostitute and from a people group that didn’t believe in God. Knowing this, you would assume she would have no interest in the things of God or helping his people.
But the first lesson right I learned right off the bat, is don’t be too quick to judge people, because God can use anybody and stories like Rahab’s, will prove you WRONG every time!
“In Joshua Chapter 2, two Israelite men from God’s people, came to spy on Jericho, known as the “city with the big walls,” to check out the land God had promised to their people.
The king of Jericho finds out they are in town and were at Rahab’s house. But when the king’s men come to her door, Rahab plays dumb, acting like the 2 men came and left, and she didn’t know where they were headed…When in fact, she knew exactly where they were, hidden on her roof!
I’m sure the 2 men were curious why Rahab would help them, but God had already begun revealing Himself to Rahab before they ever came to her door…
We see this in Joshua 2:9-11, when Rahab says…
“I know that the Lord has given you this land and that great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in Jericho are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you coming out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because the Lord your God, is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
Right here in verse 11, Rahab claims that God is the ONE TRUE God, going against everything she had been taught in her pagan culture. But because of her faith, these 2 Isrealite men promise to save her and her family when they return to Jericho. They give her a little red cord to put in her window, so they would know which house was hers.
As promised, when they return to march around the walls of Jericho, (you have likely read this story in a children’s Bible) the walls came crashing down and the entire city and everyone in it was destroyed—EXCEPT for Rahab and her family, who were rescued!
As you ponder on this story, think about the the great faith that Rahab showed…
I think about those walls that surrounded Jericho, and how they probably seemed larger than life to Rahab and her people. Made of heavy stone,12 ft high, 6ft thick, circling the entire city and the security they represented to those people…that nothing bad could happen to them. But Rahab trusted in God and had faith beyond these walls.
Think about those walls…and what they can represent in our lives today. Maybe your walls are financial security, maybe being comfortable with your friend group, or maybe it’s your health and the health of your family…
I’ll be honest and admit, since I have been obedient to start this ministry in 2020, I feel like my “walls” have done nothing but crumble around me. My family stepped outside our comfort zone to plant a church, I’ve had two miscarriages, one while studying this story of Rahab, and then walking through surgeries and health stuff with my mom.
But when trials come and your walls of security, or comfort, or health, fall down in your life…We can either choose to trust God with great faith like Rahab or let it destroy us like the people of Jericho…
I can say from experience, that over and over again, God gives us a red rope to hang in the window of our lives, and it’s red for a reason–because it represents the blood ofJesu. Blood that He shed, so you and I could be saved and have have joy even through pain and live it to the fullest!
So what are your walls? If they crashed down today, would you have faith through the storms or would you let them destroy you and your family?
The Bible tells us we WILL walk through hard things, not maybe, and when we do, will we walk through them trusting the Lord with faith like Rahab? Knowing Rahab wasn’t perfect, she was far from it, but God still chose to reveal Himself to her and to use her anyway.
Remember, God can use ANYONE, including you, if you are willing to risk everything to follow Him, trusting that He knows you aren’t perfect, but He chooses to rescue you anyway and walk through life with you…what a promise! So be encouraged, because living a life of faithfulness, comes with great blessings!
If you find yourself right now, or in the future, in one of those walls-crashing-down moments….hold on and have faith, because GOD WILL BRING BLESSING TO YOUR LIFE! He honors faithfulness. It may not look the way we think it should in the moment, but ultimately He can see the future even when you cannot.
Just like He saw Rahab, and because of her faith, she was made a part of God’s people. It was probably uncomfortable to be with all new people at first, feeling like all eyes are on you, but she trusted God and He blessed her. In Matthew 1:5, Rahab was one of the only women mentioned, as the wife of Salmon and the mother of Boaz, in the family line of Jesus Christ Himself!
NOW THAT’S A PRETTY GREAT BLESSING that came with Rahab’s willingness to risk everything to hide those two men on her roof and have faith in the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD!
Adrian Rogers said, “Faith is taking God at His Word.”
Ultimately He knows what we need. He can see the future and we cannot.
We have to take Him at His word and trust Him, like it says in Isaiah 55:8-9…
“My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
So you and I must take God at His Word like it says here and like Rahab did, and God will honor your faithfulness!
If you want to learn more about this story of Rahab and the transforming power that faith can have on your life, check out this free message on Rahab from my hosting ministry Love Worth Finding by Adrian Rogers HERE.
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